Way back in the day (okay, not that far back), but back enough that my first email account ended with @ucla.edu and the internet only had a handful of boring college sites. There was no facebook, no blogger, no twitter and definitely no book signings. In fact, I attended one of the very first LA Times Book Festivals held on campus in 1997 when I met Michael Crichton and had him sign my torn paperback copy of Congo. Yeah, that was embarrassing.
Then I went to my first "official" book event for Eoin Colfer and I. was. hooked. He was funny and friendly, even if I was the hundredth person he had to sign for.
|Wow. I look really young here...Hmm...and so does Eoin.|
So what makes it FAB...or DRAB?FAB: Authors who meet and greet.
|R.L. LaFevers, Cynthia Hand, Marie Lu, Kiersten White:|
Each of these authors were VERY nice and personable.
DRAB: Waiting in line for hours, only to ride on a conveyor belt of signings.
|At least Riordan's signing my book, even if he is talking to another reader.|
FAB: An author talks...and I listen!
|You're in for a treat with Bree Despain!|
DRAB: No photographs please.
Okay, so this one relates to the conveyor belt of signings. It's a downer when the fine print says no posed photography with the author. Isn't the whole point of going to a signing to get that photo op with your book celebrity?! Yeah, yeah...I know, it has to do with all those other readers who want a photo too, and if it takes 2 minutes per reader and there's 400 people...well, I guess she/he will end up on a caffeine drip. So how to solve this? I am suddenly envisioning those Santa photos you take at the mall but instead of Santa, it's your author...minus the lap sitting, of course.
FAB: Authors that hand out party favors!
"Daughter of Smoke..." Tattoo, "Hero of Olympus" Pin,
Signed "Mind Games" Bookmark
DRAB: Missing a book signing.
It's a drab when you have been hoping and wishing for an author to come to your town...and then you miss it. Not because you couldn't make it but because you didn't know about it in the first place! This is the story of my life. I can't keep track of when new releases come out and when authors tour. I can't filter through all the websites and facebook pages. Am I missing something here? Is there a central location for all the author tours that I don't know about?
But whether it's a fab or drab moment, I am grateful to all the authors, publishers, and event coordinators for bringing us their books! I can't wait for the next one! And for all you author groupies out there, I hope your next book signing turns out to be a FAB moment! Also I'd love to hear what your FAB or DRAB book signing moment was!